Fanfest, the annual EVE celebration in the land of fire and ice, has opened its doors on April 21 and is now full in swing with exciting news and announcements, in-depth discussions, crazy parties and a lot more!
While a daily Fanfest live stream is broadcasting the excitement directly from Fanfest, we also want to provide a brief written overview with the most important news and announcements of the first day of Fanfest 2016!
Check out the phenomenal full fledged expansion trailer and the other videos first showed during Fanfest:
CCP stronger than ever
CCP is stronger than ever before! Financially strong, but also investing into the future with large expansions and continued releases, VR products, and new hardware for servers. This is really the right stuff to make EVE Forever!
EVE is still breaking records
Even in the 13th year of EVE Online you continue to break records! We saw the most nullsec PVP kills ever in the history of EVE on April 13. The most NPC bounties ever have been collected on March 19. And the most ISK was traded on February 8. Yes, all in this year. You have been more active than ever before!
Capsuleer Day on May 6
EVE Online turns 13 on May 6! With a stronger CCP than ever before, with a super vibrant EVE Universe, we are celebrating this day and henceforth it shall be known as “Capsuleer Day”! The Upwell Consortium will lead the celebrations which will take a whole weekend. Expect new Capsule SKINs!
Additional Citadel gameplay
This Summer we will bring Contracts to Citadels! We are also planning to add more modules for Citadels such as a tractor beam to pull in ships or a ship repulsor that pushes ships away from a certain epicenter. We will also bring Industrial Arrays to be prime locations for manufacturing and research. Later on, in the Winter, we will see Drilling Platforms which are unified locations for harvesting moon materials, reactions, reprocessing and mining support.
The Rorqual, the capital industrial ship, is going to be revamped with a new medium-range mining foreman bonus, a defensive superweapon making the whole mining fleet briefly invulnerable, and a new mining superdrone.
Pirate Capitals and Supercapitals
The pirate factions have been watching Capsuleers since a while and now they are upgrading their fleets with capitals and supercapitals. The pirate factions are also working on a second set of implants including shield buffer and armor repair amount effects.
Fleet Boosts Rework
The current system of Fleet Boosts (affecting PVP) will be made more accessible, easier to understand, and changed to level the playing field a little. This will be done by tying the boosts to the activation of a Boosting Module, and a balance of the Buff amounts associated with these boosting modules. This is planned for this Summer.
Data with CCP Quant
CCP Quant once again brings us super interesting data from the EVE universe. This time it is all about ISK! The total value of all items on active player accounts in the EVE Universe is 3,070 Trillion ISK and the total ISK on all active player accounts is 978 Trillion. Of course we saw a lot more, from the assets in wormholes sorted by class, money in market hubs, production (the average profit is around 15%) and more.
The 11th CSM
CSM 10 was a bit of a bumpy journey, but we have taken steps to bring the process around and the CSM to a better place overall. After all, only if you never do anything you won’t encounter rough times. But since we believe in the value of the CSM, we now are in the place to announce the new candidates of CSM 11:
– Steve Ronuken, Fuzzwork Enterprises
– Sullen Decimus, The Bastion
– The Judge, Circle of Two
– Fafer, Northern Coalition
– NoobMan, Hard Knocks
– Jin’taan, CVA
– Kyle Aparthos, The Division
– Innominate, Goonswarm Federation
– Bobmon, Pandemic Legion
– Nashh Kadavr, Pandemic Legion
– MrHyde113, Pandemic Legion
– Aryth, Goonswarm Federation
– Xenuria, Goonswarm Federation
– Gorski Car, Pandemic Legion
New book in 2017: Frigates of EVE Online
A beautifully designed book about the frigates of EVE Online will be published by Dark Horse. This book contains stunningly many details, even down to the exhaust pipes, and contains incredibly rich technical detail and background information. But those things take time, and therefore the book is scheduled to be released in Summer 2017 (not 2016).
EVE Mobile app
An official and free app (iOS and Android) that is focused on keeping you in touch with EVE Online! It is scheduled for Summer 2016 (beta, the release is scheduled for Fall). This app lets you get all in-game notifications (you can control which you want in the feed, and which ones you want push notifications for). The app has also EVE mail and the EVE Calendar. This is a starting point!
Launched in November alongside the first wave of VR platforms (GearVR), EVE Gunjack made it into the best selling game on GearVR, which made Gunjack the best selling VR game ever. 🙂 But really, it is a great game confirmed by the 4.5 star rating and over 3,000 reviews. Just recently Gunjack was also launched on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. There will be more from the VR team in Shanghai, but not quite ready yet.
EVE Valkyrie is starting great
EVE Valkyrie had a great start, we already see more than destroyed 200.000 in over 8.000 matches. We can also see a fantastic community forming, for example with Fansites and Flight Schools. But this is just the beginning!
EVE Valkyrie Release 1 and cross platform play
The next release (carrier assault mode, a new map, joystick configuration and more) is already in the works with release plan for June. Together with that we have an open and transparent roadmap. And we are working on full cross platform play where you can play EVE Valkyrie regardless if own a Oculus, Vive or PSVR
Previously shown at Fanfest 2015 and named Disc Arena, this has been evolved into a project now. This points into the direction of a true e-sport sport in VR and is a lot of fun.
Project Nova is a shooter set in New Eden on the PC working with the Unreal 4 Engine; we are planning for it to be free to play. “Project” Nova because we are here still in the early stages of development, we have not yet made the decision to go full production. Nonetheless we what to share our plans and would love to get feedback! Video capture by Dannie Fleetfoot.
This is just a first, brief overview. Further information is either already available on EVE Updates or will be made available at a later point
Don’t miss the excitement of Fanfest, simply tune in to the live stream between 10:45 and 17:00 UTC (=EVE time) on April 22nd and 23rd!